Appetizer

Green Pea Pesto

Peas are so so good for you. High in fiber, protein, vitamin C and folate. Bring this raw pea pesto to a party and you’ll have people eating their peas and loving it.

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Ingredients:

  • 10 ounces frozen peas, thawed
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 3 – 4 large basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup olive oil (plus 1 1/2 tablespoons more for making crostini)
  • Whole wheat baguette (I couldn’t find whole wheat so I went with a minimally processed white version)

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Slice baguette in to approx. 1/4″ pieces on the diagonal so as to have longer slices of bread.
  3. Pour 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil on a sheet pan sloshing (yes, this is a professional cooking term :D) it from one end to the other.
  4. Shimmy each bread piece in the oil on each side to get just a bit covering the surface. Lightly salt and pepper the bread pieces before putting the pan into the oven.
  5. Bake for 4 minutes, turn slices of bread and bake for another 4 minutes. Watch the bread closely as ovens can vary.
  6. While the crostini are cooling, combine peas, garlic, cheese, basil and salt and pepper in a food processor or blender.
  7. Pulse 3 -4 times and then stream in oil while pulsing until combined and resembling a pesto. Taste. Add more garlic/cheese or salt and pepper to suit your tastes.
  8. Plate the crostini with the pea pesto in a bowl with a pretty spreader. Voila!

Variations:

  • Serve with sliced tomatoes
  • Add red pepper flakes
  • Serve with proscuitto
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